TE Darren Fells Likely To Leave Cardinals?

Now that the Cardinals have re-signed Jermaine Gresham to a four-year deal, fellow tight end Darren Fells isn’t expected to return to Arizona, tweets Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.Darren Fells

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Fells is a restricted free agent this offseason, and given that he only produced 154 receiving yards in 2016, it’s difficult to imagine the Cardinals would need to use anything other than the original round tender in order to retain him. That tender would cost $1.797MM, however, which may prove too steep for the cap-strapped Cardinals (especially considering Fells’ limited role in the offense).

Theoretically, Arizona could non-tender Fells and subsequently sign him to a cheaper deal, but it’s also possible the lack of interest in a reunion is coming from Fells’ side of the table. Entering his age-31 season, Fells may want to head to a club where he’d occupy a larger offensive presence. Working in Fells’ favor as he potentially seeks a new team is his blocking acumen, as Pro Football Focus gives Fells excellent marks in both the run and pass game.

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  1. mcdusty31

    Grew up playing ball with his older brother Daniel, who unfortunately had his career cut short due to a freak medical issue…great guys from a great family, hope Darren lands a nice contract to set him up for the rest of his life

  2. Paul Russo

    To bad for the Cardinals. I believe the only reason he wasn’t used was not due to his capabilities but Fells was more or less a walk on. They will keep an injury prone younger guy who is signed thru 2017. Fells is a beast and will be nothing but a positive wherever he lands. What happens when Gresham gets injured?? Good luck Darren


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